Ghost Towns of Oklahoma – GPS Waypoints

Ghost Towns of Oklahoma cover imageIf you like going back in time and traveling to out-of-the-way places, buy the book Ghost Towns of Oklahoma written by John W. Morris and published by the University of Oklahoma Press, load up these GPS waypoints and hit the road.

The book was originally written way back in the 1970’s, well before GPS navigation was commonly available. Morris used township/range notation to provide readers with the approximate location of the town site. Unless you are a landman or Realtor or county assessor, it is difficult to convert these township/range notations to any computer map commonly available. So one slow winter weekend I went through this book and used a combination of Google Maps, a web site that converted township range to GPS coordinates, and reading the book and came up with my best estimate of where these towns were located. Township/range gave me a mile section of where the town was located. To get a closer waypoint, I looked on Google Earth to try and find any remains of the town. Most of them I could find where the town was situated, but some of them are guesses. So you might have to hunt around to find the remains of these towns, although there may be no indication a town ever existed.

Go buy the book, download these waypoints to your GPS, and go explore. Many of these can be found with a street bike, although you may have to ride some gravel roads to find them. If you are like me, just jump on a dual sport bike and have fun.

About James Pratt

I am an Oklahoma based writer, photographer, videographer and adventurer. I love telling stories about people. A motorcycle is my preferred means of travel, and I have over 5,000 hours piloting small airplanes.

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